Sunderland Echo 21st August 2013

MEMORIES of SAFC glory days are helping older Wearside men to cope with dementia.

A new programme from social enterprise Sporting Memories Network (SMN) is helping mental health workers use photos, memorabilia and match reports to help sufferers unlock special memories.

Whether it's remembering Bobby Kerr lift the FA Cup in 1973 or recalling Gary Rowell's legendary hat-trick against Newcastle six years later, the scheme is giving them the chance to relive their youth through the beautiful game.

The innovative approach - using services through Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust - has been developed by former dementia care nurse Tony Jameson-Allen, founder of SMN, and fellow director Chris Wilkins.